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In Focus: Onel Hernandez

10 May 2020

A winger with blistering pace who is difficult to deal with when he puts the burners on down the line, Onel Hernandez has enjoyed his first season in the Premier League.

Also becoming the first Cuban to ever score in the English topflight, it’s already become a season to remember for the midfielder, but what are his best games? Here’s his top three… ⬇

3. Manchester United (h)

Making an appearance for just 45 minutes in this game, Hernandez still managed to find time to make history in the Premier League, regardless of the scoreline at the time.

As City pressed the United side, Hernandez capitalised on a mistake from Scott McTominay, robbing the midfielder and switching possession. The Cuban dribbled through the defence with his fast feet, before tucking a consolation goal away past David De Gea without really breaking a sweat.

His short but snappy appearance was enough to earn the midfielder a 7.41 from Whoscored.com, but we think becoming the first Cuban to score in the Premier League will be his main focus from this game!

2. Everton (a)

Much like Newcastle (a), this game has come up quite a few times for City players in our previous In Focus articles, proving it to be a great team performance, not just for an individual.

Hernandez had a particularly solid game at Goodison Park, his bursts of pace proving to be difficult for the Toffee’s defence to deal with, especially since the Cuban constantly switched wings. The first-half was definitely the winger’s best, most of City’s attacking efforts being set up or ending with Hernandez at the helm.

Although he didn’t manage to get a goal or an assist, the winger’s tricky showing was his second-best performance this season, seeing him receive a solid 7.54 rating from Whoscored.com, not bad for going without a goal contribution!

1. Arsenal (h)

 Although it was a game that deserved three points, City played some great football in this clash against Arsenal. One of Freddie Ljungberg’s few games as caretaker manager for the Gunners, City were in a prime position to take some points against the unsettled London side.

Hernandez caused all sorts of problems for the defence in this fixture, as he always does. Sitting on the sideline waiting for a ball knocked forward on the counter, the Cuban was an uncomfortable threat to deal with for the Arsenal backline.

Saving City from an unfortunate goal from a corner with a header off the line, as well as an assist for Todd Cantwell to give the Canaries their second goal of the game, Hernandez played more than well enough for this to be his best game all season! For his efforts, Hernandez was rewarded with a well-deserved 7.95 rating from Whoscored.com.


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